I host this blog from my house in San Francisco. Should be safe from the blackout in the northeastern US, right? Wrong. Because my domain name monkey.org is served from Ann Arbor. So a failure of a transmission line in Ohio knocks off a computer in Michigan disabling a server that should be sending out a few hundred bytes of data to the distributed DNS system across the globe, thereby preventing readers all over the world from accessing my machine in California. Great.
I've thought for awhile about moving by blog to a new domain name but I can't come up with a good one. Hmm, boingboingboingboing.net is available.